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We're a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide, and we've been amplifying progressive and disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitating connections between diverse practitioners for more than a decade. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values.

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Livestreams Happening Today

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An Evening Celebrating the Life and Work of the Late Playwright and Director

New York theatre artist Matt Gasda and his ensemble from the Brooklyn Center for Theatre Research will be joined by David Levine for readings of two Pollesch plays Heidi Hoh, translated by Rose Riggs, and Insourcing ..., translated by David Tushingham.

Event streams later today at listed time.

What's New

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How Theatre Can Create Positive Change in Our Food Systems
Essay

How Theatre Can Create Positive Change in Our Food Systems

29 May 2024

Food Tank’s Little Peasants bridged theatre and advocacy by staging an interactive play set during a union vote at a fictional international coffee chain. Elena Morris discusses the play’s development process and its place in the theatre-based food systems advocacy strategies employed by the nonprofit Food Tank.

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Collaborating and Confronting the Able-Bodied Gaze in Herein Lies the Truth 
Essay

Collaborating and Confronting the Able-Bodied Gaze in Herein Lies the Truth 

28 May 2024

Rob Silverman Ascher chronicles the collaboration between Aaron Pang, a non-fiction storyteller with no formal theatrical training, and Johanna Kasimow, a director with a background in devising and physical theatre, on Herein Lies the Truth: Pang’s story that centers around sex and disability and confronts able-bodied expectations of what a disabled performer ought to share.

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Redefining Success with Carla Stillwell
Podcast

Redefining Success with Carla Stillwell

23 May 2024

In this episode, Carla Stillwell and Yura Sapi challenge the "starving artist" trope, offering tips to overcome scarcity mindsets in theatre. Carla, founder of the Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art, shares personal experiences advocating for breaking traditional theatre boundaries and fostering holistic, inclusive environments emphasizing the importance of community and collaboration, and highlighting storytelling's power, especially for people of color.

Upcoming Livestreams

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POSTPONED: No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin
Video

POSTPONED: No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin

The second episode of the 2024 virtual artist conversation series

Friday 31 May 2024

Golden Thread's No Summary 2024 virtual artist conversation series will embark on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. This episode features Freedom Theatre of Jenin.

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Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work
Video

Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work

A Playwriting Masterclass

Monday 3 June 2024
New York City

Watch Me Work is a communal work session for anyone eager to nurture and sustain their creative process. Facilitated by Public Theater Playwright-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks and the New Work Development department, Watch Me Work takes place via Zoom sessions and HowlRound livestreams that you can join at home, at school, or in a coffee shop from anywhere in the world!

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Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts
Video

Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts

A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel One

Tuesday 4 June 2024
New York

A.R.T./New York convenes their 2024 Spring Summit, UNCHARTED: Leading Beyond The Path to encourage solution-sharing and strengthen relationships across New York’s nonprofit theatre community, as we build our shared, prosperous and sustainable future. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, joyful social events!

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